A warrant has been issued for Deandre Shakur Harris in relation to an assault that occurred near the Market Street Parking Garage during the chaos caused by the violent white nationalist Unite the Right rally on August 12. One of the alleged attackers couldn't get the police interested in arresting Harris.
"The victim went to the Magistrate's office, presented the facts of what occurred and attempted to obtain the warrant", the police in Charlottesville said in the statement.
Nearly two months after the rally took place, Harris is facing an unlawful wounding charge. "[Harris] is getting the same charge as [those] involved in a violent supremacist group who were involved in attacks, not only of DeAndre, but attacks of other people all weekend".
"We find it highly offensive and upsetting, but what's more jarring is that he's been charged with the same crime as the men who attacked him", he said.
Alex Micheal Ramos and Daniel Borden are the only two suspects arrested and charged with malicious wounding for attacking Harris. Roberts photographed the weapon as it whizzed by his head. The magistrate issued the warrant Monday after consulting with police. One charged, Dan Borden, is shown beating Harris with a four-foot piece of lumber.
Harris had claimed no law enforcement stepped in to help him.
The "Unite the Right" rally was organized by conservative blogger Jason Kessler after Charlottesville officials voted to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. The warrant against Harris stems from accusations that he attacked someone, which led to the beating inside the garage.
Crossing state lines with intent to cause harm is a federal offense. According to his attorney, Harris plans to turn himself in. Nevertheless, direct pleas to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents by this reporter have failed to get Justice Department action to charge Harris attackers and Roberts' assailant with these crimes. As of today, two months on, there is no sign Sessions' Department has moved to identify nor apprehend Harris's attackers.